Ashtanga Yoga Retreat in Salento Italy

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Join David Robson and Jelena Vesić in beautiful southern Italy for a very special European Ashtanga Yoga retreat!

Treat yourself with the gift of diving deep into the Ashtanga Yoga practice for a week with these superb teachers, while also enjoying a break in one of Italy’s most beautiful regions. Agricola Samadhi, our home for the week, is an eco-conscious retreat center with its own organic fruit and vegetable gardens, located in the peaceful town of Zollino, a 20 minutes drive from sun-kissed beaches and historical baroque towns.

This retreat brings together the traditional daily, guided Mysore-style self-practice, Sanskrit-counted Led classes, and a series of afternoon technical workshops.

The program is suitable for Ashtanga Yoga practitioners of all levels, including teachers who want to take their practice to deeper physical and spiritual levels.

If you are new to Ashtanga Yoga, the opportunity to practice daily with David and Jelena will build a strong foundation for your continued self-practice.  If you already have an existing practice, this is a chance to dive deeper in a safe and inspiring way!

Event Highlights

  • 5 mornings of traditional guided Ashtanga Yoga self-practice and 1 Sanskrit-counted class
  • 4 technical workshops/lectures to advance your practice effectively
  • A superb 7 -day Yoga holiday on quiet and beautiful Italian eco-farm, with organic veggie gardens, swimming pool and a spa
  • 2 delicious vegetarian/vegan meals per day, plus tea and coffee
  • 7 dinners, 6 brunches, and 1 organic wholesome breakfast on departure date
  • One complimentary SPA use
  • Plenty of free time to relax and explore the spectacular southern Italian coast

Venue Highlights

Our stunning home for the week, Agricola Samadhi, is a quiet resort in an organic farmhouse located in southern Puglia in the heart of Salento, the heel of the Italian boot.

The Farm is surrounded by nature, silence and ancient olive groves and nearby endless stretches of Mediterranean beach.

Agricola Samadhi has 2 gorgeous Yoga Shalas, delicious and organic Italian (self-produced) vegetarian and vegan cuisine, and a range of integrated services such as Shiatsu, Ayurveda and Thai massage. This truly is a place to restore, relax and awaken the power within.

It is located just twenty minutes from the sea that washes the shores of Puglia allowing for daily trips to many diverse sand and pebble beaches.


  • Air Conditioning in Rooms
  • Free Wifi
  • Spa
  • Sauna
  • Pool
  • Towels
  • Hot Tub
  • Coffee/Tea
  • Cafe
  • Restaurant
  • Yoga Studio
  • House-Keeping


There is a lot to do during your days in Salento! But remember that this is your Yoga retreat, so you can always choose to rest, enjoy a delicious meal, a SPA treatment, or chill out in a hammock by the pool! Or you can take a walk around the 10 hectares of the Farm.

If you are feeling adventourous, you might like to explore the stunning nearby beaches, or historical port towns of Gallipoli or Otranto or the nearby Lecce.

Excursions to Salento's most magical spots, nature walks, artistic excursions, trekking, bicycle tours, horseback riding as well as a rent-a-car can be easily arranged at the reception- feel free to ask!

Menu Types

  • Vegan
  • Vegetarian
  • Organic
  • Gluten Free
  • Dairy Free


Single, double and triple comfortable rooms are located around the large estate. Each room features A/C, a water kettle with a tea selection, and a hair dryer.


The quiet village of Zollino, is just a 15 minute drive from Lecce.

Brindisi airport to Zollino is a 50 km or a one-hour drive, and the airport is directly connected to many European capitals with low cost flights from Ryan Air, Easy Jet (Rome, Milan, London, Paris, Eindhoven, Geneva, Bruxelles).

Taxis, as well as bus and train connections can easily be arranged for your arrival to Zollino. The cost of the one-way taxi to/from airport is 65EUR per person, -please let us know if you need help in getting there!

We highly recommend renting a car during your stay and exploring the beautiful landscapes of Puglia. This can easily be organized at Agricola’s reception.

Tags: ashtanga italy meditation mysore organic yoga

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